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The Selective Modesty of Barack Obama

July 8, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Remember NASA? It once represented to the world the apogee of American scientific and technological achievement. Here is President Obama's vision of NASA's mission, as explained by administrator Charles Bolden:

The Afghan Conundrum

June 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- President Obama was fully justified in dismissing Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The firing offense did not rise to the level of insubordination -- this was no MacArthur undermining the commander in chief's war strategy -- but it was a serious enough show of disrespect for the president and for the entire civilian leadership to justify relief from his post.

The Myth of Iran's 'Isolation'

June 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- In announcing the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, President Obama stressed not once but twice Iran's increasing "isolation" from the world.

Whose Blowout Is It, Anyway?

May 28, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- Heres my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?

Miranda and Public Safety

May 5, 2010 - 6:00pm

"(Law enforcement) interviewed Mr. Shahzad ... under the public safety exception to the Miranda rule. ... He was eventually ... Mirandized and continued talking."
-- John Pistole, FBI deputy director, May 4

Obama's Nuclear Posturing, Part Deux

April 16, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945. That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations, which 65 years ago seemed an event of world-historical importance.

Slapping Friends

March 31, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- What is it like to be a foreign ally of Barack Obama's America?

The Vat Cometh

March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON As the night follows the day, the VAT cometh.

With the passage of Obamacare, creating a vast new middle-class entitlement, a national sales tax of the kind near-universal in Europe is inevitable.

The Biden Incident

March 17, 2010 - 7:00pm

Why did President Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations?

And a gaffe it was: the announcement by a bureaucrat in the Interior Ministry of a housing expansion in a Jewish neighborhood in north Jerusalem. The timing could not have been worse: Vice President Joe Biden was visiting, Jerusalem is a touchy subject, and you dont bring up touchy subjects that might embarrass an honored guest.

In Praise of the Rotation of Power

March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- As the Afghanistan War intensifies -- Marja, soon Kandahar, and the steady arrival of 30,000 new American troops -- it has come to be seen as Obama's war.

Not so. It's become America's war. When the former opposition party -- habitually anti-war for the last four decades -- adopts, reaffirms and escalates a war begun by the habitually hawkish other party, partisanship falls away, and the war becomes nationalized.

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